Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Decoupage for Dummies

Continuing on about my Florida cottage study.....

I had mentioned that I wanted to expand the look and feel of the wall over the chair, to reflect the fabulous changes I made to the wall over the loveseat....

I want more variety, not all the same frames.....

I found this tray on ebay, and won the auction!!!!!

When it arrives, later this week, I'll see if it works. I plan on hanging it on the wall along with some other stuff.
STAY TUNED !!!!!!!
I didn't tell you about this tray until I had won it, 'cuz I didn't want any of you snakes out there bidding against ME!!!!

In the corner of the room is a little split reed table that I got with an unfinished unstained unappealing wooden top....

So, I put on my thinking cap....
(it's a very good look for me)
and I thought about painting it a green color.
Not interesting enough.....
thought some more.....
I KNOW!!!!!
Now, I don't have any children.
(never wanted em, don't know why, just didn't.)
 (Now, don't go leaving lots of comments about what I've missed out on in my life.....)
(I have 5 nieces and 5 nephews)
(even those are too much for me)
(great, now you're going to get me into trouble with my family!)
(OK, Betsy, take a deep breathe.... Now, where was I? Oh, yeah, decoupage....)
I had never decoupaged before.
Wait! That's not true... I did once before... just not lots of pieces... just one big print... not that it matters... now I'm just rambling on... I can't seem to stop.
So I went to Micheal's and bought a jar of Modge Podge. 
My friend and bidness partner, Kris, had to tell me about it, 'cause she has kids. 
All kidless people should be friends with kidfull people, so that they can learn about Modge Podge.

I had a bunch of vintage souvenir Florida postcards from old postcard sets. You know, the ones that come in folders. They are really thin, so work well for decoupage.

I started laying them out on the table.....

I glued them down with the Modge Podge as I set them in place, working the bubbles out as I went.

I really liked the way it came out, but I sort of wish I had painted the top green first, but 
So now, here it is in it's home.

Of course, after I spent all that time embellishing the top.....
What do I do, but cover it up with #$%!!!

Till, next time
("cuz there's more to come about this room!)
Later Gator
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Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Now that is my kind of project...The table looks fantastic...even with your beautiful *&#@ on it...

Anonymous said...

Betsy Speert: I love you! I love your taste, I love your blog, I love your book, I love your Florida cottage and can't wait to read more.

So glad I found you via Savvy Southern Style. I love Kim, too.

Blogless Peggy in Virginia

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Betsy that table looks awesome!

Cassie Bustamante said...

what a great idea, betsy! i love this for a beach house! it's a great way to keep memories alive!

Rhonda said...

I smile when I see your name in my inbox, and keep on smiling (and often laugh) while I'm reading your post! You are my favorite blogger! Not a bad designer, either! ;) I received your book not long ago, and it's full of beautiful, inspiring pictures and advice. Thanks!

Shingle Cottage said...

I love how the table turned out Betsy,beautiful! and i love your sense of humour too,so funny how you said you didn't mention the tray so us snakes couldn't bid against you,that really made me laugh.

Janette - The2Seasons said...

I have done the decoupage thingy with vintage postcards before from my late grandmother's collection. The cards were from the 1911 - 1915. I love that look. Then you can see/enjoy the cards rather than have them stashed in a box in a bin in the closet.

Connie@Connie Nikiforoff Designs said...

I think it looks just right not being painted green first. Aren't you the lucky one to have a kidfull partner to teach you about those things. :-)

Kathleen said...

I like it! I agree the natural wood color does look good. When I moved into my 10 yr old condo I hated the bifold closet door off the living room. I knew I would never get used to it. I pictured replacing it with a nice solid wood door. Well, it's kind of at the bottom of the to do list so I plastered old pages from a book on them then did the glue bit like you using old black and white postcards. It looks much better. I can't say I love it but it looks like I have an artistic streak...when really its a hideous cheap door and a cheap quick fix. I LOVE all your birds! Your fabrics are the best too.

Funky Junk Interiors said...

This is fabulous! And I'm also glad you left the table wood. I think it chimes in really well with the vintage theme!

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Susie @Bowdabra said...

WOW! What a super upcycle and recycle project!

I would LOVE for you to stop over and link this up in our Crafty Saturday Showcase! It runs from Sat-Thur. Then we pick the top post to feature on Friday. We also have a linky for ETSY and Business Crafty items!

Hope you have a great weekend!
Susie @Bowdabra

Liz @ Quirky Vistas said...

Besty, I am so happy to come back by way of Funky Junk Interiors and see the continued transformation of your room. I am in love with old Florida stuff, and love the postcards. That table adds a lot to the room. I hope you enjoy it despite the stuff you covered it with. :)


Michele said...

The table looks great. You can always paint something else green and decoupage it later on, now you know how.

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